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Import/Export

United States to Panama

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Panama. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Shipments of books are free of taxes.
Small quantities of brochures weighing 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) or less can be considered samples if they are not for commercial use.
Small quantities of calendars weighing 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) or less can be considered samples if they are not for commercial use.
Small quantities of catalogs weighing 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) or less can be considered samples if they are not for commercial use.
Small quantities of credit cards weighing 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) or less can be considered samples if they are not for commercial use.
Small quantities of audio or video discs weighing 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) or less can be considered samples if they are not for commercial use.
Small quantities of new diskettes weighing 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) or less can be considered samples if they are not for commercial use.
Small quantities of blank envelopes weighing 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) or less can be considered samples if they are not for commercial use.
Shipments of food products must include a Phytosanitary Certificate (Certificado de Fitosanitario) from the country or territory of origin. If the certificate is not included it will result in the abandonment of the shipment by Panamenien authorities.
Small quantities of blank forms weighing 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) or less can be considered samples if they are not for commercial use.
Small quantities of greeting cards and invitations weighing 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) or less can be considered samples if they are not for commercial use.
Shipments of milk products must include a Phytosanitary Certificate (Certificado de Fitosanitario) from the country or territory of origin. If the certificate is not included it will result in the abandonment of the shipment by Panamenien authorities.
Newspapers are tax free.
The Panama Canal requires a formal entry issued by a Customs broker for all non-documents, such as spare parts for ships and charts for vessels in transit. The cost of the entry is US$35.00. Additional fees include US$1.50 per consignment and US$12.50 for Customs to release the shipment.
Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store, UPS Customer Center or ISC Approved Shipper to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc, UPS Customer Center or ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation) A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only A photocopy of passport or ID card Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Photographs weighing 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) or less can be classified as samples if they are not for commercial use.
Shipments of samples valued US$20.00 or less can be considered as having no commercial value.
Small quantities of stationery weighing 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) or less can be considered samples if they are not for commercial use.
Customs charges a 5 percent fee on the declared value of television shipments. An additional 5 percent tax, called Tributario de Bienes y Muebles (ITBM) and normally assessed on property and furniture, is also assessed on televisions.
To import firearms, the consignee must personally obtain the necessary import and legal permits from the Justice and Government Ministry.
Shipments of wood or wood related products must include a Phytosanitary Certificate (Certificado de Fitosanitario) from the country or territory of origin. If the certificate is not included it will result in the abandonment of the shipment by Panamenien authorities.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Panama.

Original export documents are required. The consignee must have the permits of quarantine ready before the shipment arrives in Panama.
Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.
Shipments of seed products must include a Phytosanitary Certificate (Certificado de Fitosanitario) from the country or territory of origin. If the certificate is not included it will result in the abandonment of the shipment by Panamenien authorities.

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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